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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. An organism that can adapt to changing circumstances over long periods of time has developed ____.
(a) An equal strategy.
(b) A natural strategy.
(c) A stable strategy.
(d) A defection strategy.

2. The original Ohio State studies in the 1950s and 1960s used who as subjects for prisoner's dilemma situations?
(a) Prisoners.
(b) Students.
(c) Professors.
(d) Military volunteers.

3. What strategy was the most successful during Axelrod's tournaments?
(a) Madman.
(b) Tit-for-tat.
(c) Minimax.
(d) Backwards induction.

4. In what year did North Korea invade South Korea to start the Korean War?
(a) 1950.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1941.

5. Later in variations of the Ohio State study, what strategy dominated play?
(a) Defection.
(b) Cooperation.
(c) Minimax.
(d) Tit-for-tat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before the game of chicken what game model did many believe nuclear warfare was like?

2. If neither person swerves in a game of chicken what happens?

3. What General believed it was justified to use nuclear weapons in Korea to prevent a North Korean and Chinese victory?

4. In which game is defection the best strategy for either player?

5. Who was President of the United States when the nuclear debate came to a head and a study resulted to determine how many bombs the U.S. actually had?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is SAGE and why was it developed?

2. What were the Ohio State studies?

3. How did the tournaments operate?

4. What did a study reveal about the available bombs in the U.S. in 1947 and 1950?

5. What is Bully?

6. Why did von Neumann's views about military technology in modern society change?

7. What is the tit-for-tat strategy?

8. What is the madman strategy and how does it affect the game of chicken?

9. How did evolutionary game theory come about?

10. What game did people think nuclear warfare modeled and why did this change?

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